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Blender is a professional, free and open-source 3D computer graphics software toolset used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, interactive 3D applications and video games. Blender’s features include 3D modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, raster graphics editing, rigging and skinning, fluid and smoke simulation, particle simulation, soft body simulation, sculpting, animating, match moving, camera tracking, rendering, motion graphics, video editing and compositing. It further features an integrated game engine.*

Blender is one of the most used open source 3D creation suite with over 6.5 million downloads in the last year alone.  The software is open source and enjoyed by students, amateurs and professionals alike. For example, the hit show ‘Man In the High Castle’ used Blender to create many of their most impressive scenes.

This powerful 3D computing software was recently updated to version 2.79 that features a wealth of new features including built in denoising, mesh modeling tools, and improvements to compatibility**.

Specifically, with this new version, Blender now supports OpenCL™. AMD Studios worked closely with Blender CEO, Ton Roosendaal, and his team to help ensure that Blender 2.79 runs seamlessly on AMD platforms. This OpenCL framework enables Blender to now run effortlessly on AMD Radeon™ and Radeon™ Pro GPUs and on AMD Ryzen™ CPUs such as the groundbreaking Threadripper™ processor.

Creators can now benefit from fast render times with AMD hardware while enjoying the new grease pencil, frame interpolation tools, per layer onion skinning, shadow catcher and built in de-noising features in Blender 2.79.

In fact, a new report from Blender finds that AMD Radeon™ Vega Frontier Edition is about 20% faster than its competitor on official render benchmarks.*** Lower render time is better, allowing more time to create and edit between final output.

The graph and table below show performance uplift on Linux® from the AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card in all Blender benchmarks. The Radeon Pro Frontier Edition graphics card denoises Koro from the short animated series Caminades 2.5x faster than the competition and renders the classroom test more than 30% faster than the competitors fastest card (shown in orange).

Chart courtesy of wiki.Blender.org

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**https://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Dev:Ref/Release_Notes/2.79

***Third party testing has not been verified by AMD. AMD is not responsible for errors or omissions.

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